You know you’re obsessed with bees when you buy a Butterfly Bush (or Buddleia) because there are gigantic bees buzzing all over it. Meanwhile, there was a plant sprouting in my yard that I half-knew what it was but couldn’t quite name it, until I plunked down the storebought Buddleia.
I took one look and thought, Wait a second. The shape of that flower spike looks awfully familiar. And the color of those first few flowers. I had a volunteer Buddleia. It’s like when you’re looking for a book, and the surest way to find it is to buy another copy. Except I didn’t know I already had one.
And would the volunteer attract as many bees?
Yes! Biggest Bumblebee ever!
As an attempt to show you the scale of these buzz bombers, here’s a honeybee and a Bombus Grande sharing space on the storebought flower.
I haven’t seen a whole lot of butterflies, though. The occasional solitary monarch has flitted through, too fast for capture. The cabbage whites. And this character. None of them have come anywhere near the so-called butterfly bush.
Update: Mr. Giant Bumble is a Eastern Carpenter bee.